My dear friend Vaikunthanath Kaviraj passed away this month.
May I introduce you to this great man, a homeopath, agro-homeopath, teacher and friend to all who knew him.
This great teacher has spent his life healing patients all over the world using homeopathy and was, i believe, one of the founders and certainly one of the finest teachers of agro-homeopathy ( the treatment of plants using homeopathy).
Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj 31st October 1946 – 2nd March 2013
With great sadness I report the passing of Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj, born Ben Rozendal, who many of you knew as the Plant Doctor. He died on March 2nd in Northern France.
A Dutch Homeopath, Kaviraj was an extraordinary healer and researcher, who did pioneering work in the development of agrohomeopathy, developing it to a high art. His knowledge of that field was unmatched. He was one of the most generous hearts I’ve ever encountered. His was a life dedicated to service and he spared nothing to help others. It was common for him to traverse continents to visit patients who couldn’t travel to him. Lately he had gone to India where he was teaching sustainable agriculture to poor farmers. He understood the delicate interactions of plant, animal, insect and microscopic life.
Kaviraj was a passionate person who spoke frankly and did not suffer fools or injustice gladly. He was ardent about stopping GMO crops from ruining agriculture and harming life on the planet. He saw it as criminal, an illegal experiment, conducted without the consent of the subjects.
During the 1960′s Kaviraj co-founded the Magic Bus company, offering rides to India by minivan. He experimented with psychedelics and kept company with Alan Ginsberg, Bob Dylan and Ken Kesey. He ran organic farms in France and Belgium, studied with an herbal witch and astrologer and travelled the world to study plants. While in India he became ill and was cured by homeopathy. The desire to understand what had cured him lead to an apprenticeship in the 1970′s followed by 10 years running Dr. Chatterjee’s rural clinic. He wrote textbooks on various aspects of homeopathy as well as the fictional Boon Files (in the style of homeopathic detective stories.). In 1982 he was initiated into the Bhakti and Shamanic healing traditions.
In 1986 Kaviraj successfully treated apple trees with Belladonna and subsequently moved to Australia where he did large scale experiments with remedies for sick plants. This led to his pioneering book Homeopathy for Farm and Garden. He was a unique and powerful spirit who lived with purpose every day, spending a lifetime working to relieve suffering and preserve life.
I find it difficult to imagine him gone. He still lives in the minds of those he taught, and the hearts of everyone who knew him. Good bye dear friend.
(You can read an interview Kaviraj gave to Hpathy in Dec. 2008)
Author: Alan V. Schmukler